#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting + Interview

Welcome to author Kimberly Derting.  I have a fabulous interview with her today and then a giveaway for her book The Body Finder.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
To the past, although they’d have to have showers, microwaves, and DVRs…so not too far back 😉

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
For the writer in me: JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer (because they’ve changed the face of YA), Stephen King (because he was my favorite author when I was a teen), and Oprah (because, well, she’s Oprah!). And for the girl in me: George Clooney (I don’t think I need to explain, do I?).

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A toothbrush, my fuzzy blue bathrobe, and a book called “How to Build Life Rafts for Dummies”.

What is one book everyone should read?
To Kill a Mockingbird

What is the last book you read?
Sea by Heidi Kling. Loved it!

What is the last movie you saw?
The Social Network. Loved it!

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Kimpossible, of course. 🙂

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
That’s easy, flying!

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Lady Trucker (thanks to a popular TV show in the ‘70s called BJ and the Bear)

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Coldstone’s Birthday Cake Re-mix

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I think Queen Elizabeth would be fascinating, she was the original feminist!

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Jace Wayland, because he’s bad-boy hot.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Crepes with lots of butter and powdered sugar…mmmm…

How many books do you read a week/month?
Probably only 3 a month. Although I wish I were a faster reader.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
Do I have to admit this? I like pop music, so my favorites change constantly. Right now, though, I really Lily Allen’s song “Who’d Have Known” (it’s on the Desires of the Dead playlist).

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Tea and Skittles. Not necessarily in that order.

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird. I’m like a farmer.

One food you would never eat?

Pet Peeves?
Mispronunciations of certain words, like “Nuclear”…especially if you’re the president. Although I find it hilarious that my husband can’t pronounce the word “lozenges”.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Out of the bag: Skittles. In hot-buttered popcorn: M&Ms.

Favorite Cartoon?
Currently it’s Adventure Time. Every time my daughter turns in on, I end up watching it!

If you could trade your life for that of a fictional character, who would that character be?
The girl from The Cat in the Hat. Funnest. Day. Ever! 🙂

If you could go back in time and meet one author, who would it be and why?
Harper Lee…because she wrote the epically awesome To Kill a Mockingbird, of course!

What was the first book you read?
I don’t know the first book I ever read, but I can remember reading Charlotte’s Web over and over when I was in the second grade and sobbing every single time. Saddest ending ever (at least that’s how I remember it!).

If you could be a paranormal creature , what would you choose to be?
Don’t laugh! A mermaid. Remember when you were little and you would wrap your legs together when you were swimming to pretend they were a tail? Yeah, I was that girl…

If you could re-write the ending to a book written by someone else, what would it be?
Clearly, it would be Charlotte’s Web. (Hint: The spider would live.)

If you could jump into any painting which one would it be?
Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night. It just looks like someplace I’d love to hang out. 🙂

If you could travel by hot air balloon, what would you fly over?
The Grand Canyon…how cool would that be???

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
Definitely present day, because I’m pretty dependent on modern conveniences, but I’d choose England, somewhere in the countryside but not too far from London. I’d love to live abroad, but not be burdened by a language barrier.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Book: Across the Universe by Beth Revis (I’m dying to get my hands on a copy!)

Who is your favorite author?
As an overall writer, I’d have to say Stephen King since I grew up reading The Shining, Christine, Pet Semetery, and Misery. He was a huge influence on me!

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?
Paper??? I can’t even imagine that. I’m definitely a Mac girl!

Paranormal or Normal?
Paranormal. But not the freaky I’ve-got-two-heads kind of paranormal, just the I-can-read-your-mind or fly kind.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
Athena, Goddess of War, because she just sounds badass.

What kind of book do you read when you get sick?
Definitely romances, paranormal or historical preferably. I read Twilight when I was recovering from surgery.

What are your favorite comfort foods?
Pancakes with peanut butter and syrup, it’s something my mom used to make when I was little. Oh, and of course, chocolate chip cookies are always “comforting”. 😉

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
I’m not a big TV sports gal, but if I had to choose, I would have to say basketball because it’s so fast-paced.

If you could be any author, who would you like to be?
JK Rowling. Because who wouldn’t want to be richer than the queen? Hello!

Are you a loner or social butterfly?
When I’m writing I’m definitely a loner, that’s just the kind of job it is. But in my real life, I’m very social…I just wish I had more time for my friends!

How do you react to a bad review?
I’ve gotten past the point where they crush me, and now I just skim them and move on. But if it’s really bad, I might dwell a little…and then break out the chocolate chip cookies!

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
Definitely an eagle, because the world needs more eagles.

Which fictional character do you love to hate?
Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs, but it’s almost more that he’s the character I hate to love.

If it was the end of the world and you could only save 5 books , which ones would it be?
To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (a current fave), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and The Body Finder (of course!).

Which actors would you want to play the main protagonists in your book?
For Violet, I kind of like Elizabeth Gillies or Emma Roberts. And for Jay, Dustin Milligan seems just about perfect.

If not a writer, you would have been?
I actually wanted to be a doctor, so when I was in college I was a Biology major. So, naturally, I became a writer. 😉

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
I loved the adaptation of Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. The casting was spot-on and they stayed so true to the book (meaning they had all the creep-factor!). Loved it!!!

What do you do when you are in-between books?
I try to make up with family for all the time that I spent locked in my office, ignoring them!

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
I like to read in bed and write downstairs in the kitchen (although usually I have to write in my office because everyone else likes to be in the kitchen too!).

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read the The Body Finder so we can be best friends forever! 😉

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness…I love the dark Southern gothic feel sprinkled with magic.

What is your dream cast for your book?
I’m terrible at this, but I’ve gotten suggestions from readers, so here goes…
For Violet, I like Elizabeth Gillies or Emma Roberts. And for Jay, Dustin Milligan seems to be perfect.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? When I was little I loved animal stories: Charlotte’s Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and Black Beauty. It was my teen years when I discovered my love for horror novels, and I read a lot of John Saul (When the Wind Blows, Suffer the Children, and Punish the Sinners) and Stephen King (It, The Shining, and Pet Semetery).

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Whenever I hear Possum Kingdom by The Toadies (or see the video), I think of the serial killer from The Body Finder. For me, it’s become his theme song.

What do you find so appealing about the genre you write for? Would you try writing for a different genre (if the author hasn’t already)?
I love writing YA because everything teens are experiencing is new and emotionally intense. They’re navigating through a world of firsts—first dates, first kisses, first break-ups. They haven’t been jaded yet by experience.
And maybe someday I’ll want to try something in the adult market, but for now, writing for teens is what I love!

What is on your mousepad?
I write on a laptop and don’t use an external mouse, thus no mousepad. For some reason, this drives my husband crazy, which is why I probably do it.

What is your favorite quote?
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” –E.L. Doctorow

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Rain. I really hate the rain. Oh, and did I mention I live in the Pacific Northwest…where it rains A LOT?

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
I would love a signed first edition of The Shining, since it was the book the literally convinced me I wanted to write something dark and creepy.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A cabin in the woods that I could use as a retreat where I can unplug from everything and write without interruptions. Hey, that sounds pretty good, I should probably get some lottery tickets or something!

What do you do in your free time?
Free time, what’s that???? I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question…
Just kidding! Seriously, because our schedules are so hectic, I really just enjoy hanging out with my family, which sounds lame but is actually my idea of perfect!

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Not as Funny as She Thinks She Is. (Yeah, I think I’m hilarious!)

What is your guilty pleasure?
Pirate’s Booty Popcorn. I’m seriously addicted.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I don’t embarrass easily, so this is tough. I’d have to say I’m mildly embarrassed that I watch and LOVE Burn Notice on USA. I think I secretly want to be as tough as Fiona.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I was camping with my family when I got “the call”. And by “camping” I mean we were travelling in our air-conditioned RV (I’m not a roughing-it kind of gal!). My agent suspected that there might be an offer coming, so my kids had made this big CONGRATULATIONS sign and my husband had smuggled in some champagne for a family toast. Honestly, I was just happy we were all together when we got the news!

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
The Hunger Games. I mean, come on, it’s THE HUNGER GAMES!

Write a haiku about your last book.
Echoes of the dead,
lying tragically in wait-
Only she will come.
(Shockingly, I am not a poet!)

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting:
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

Giveaway Details:
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Open to US only
Ends 12/16/10
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